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Published October 23, 2009, 11:22 AM

Audit Planned for Presidents' Homes at NDSU and UND

North Dakota state auditors will be going over the cost overruns in building new homes for the presidents of North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

North Dakota state auditors will be going over the cost overruns in building new homes for the presidents of North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota.

The Board of Higher Education approved the audit today.

Both homes were expected to cost no more than 900-thousand dollars. The NDSU president's house cost more than two million dollars. At UND the house cost almost one-point-three (M) million dollars.

Board member Mike Haugen said he wanted the audit done by a private firm instead of the state auditor's office. He says the auditor's office is political and that past audits have gone well beyond a simple cost accounting.

Board vice president Jon Backes says he wants auditors to go over the cost overruns, but he's also looking for suggestions on how to prevent them from happening again.

Two major changes were made by the State Board of Higher Education for future campus building projects.

The Board says projects will need to be overseen by the State Board of Higher Education and the school instead of private contractors and that the projects must follow state laws regarding competitive bidding.

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